Tuscola JROTC holds Veterans Day lunch

By Jessi Stone Assistant editor | Oct 29, 2013
Photo by: File photo Veterans enjoy a luncheon sponsored by the Tuscola JROTC.

Tuscola’s Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) is hosting its eighth Annual Veterans Day luncheon on Nov. 2.

“The annual Veterans Day lunch that our cadets and parent boosters organize each year is to honor our veterans,” said Maj. David Thurman. “We want to offer the veterans in the area a nice lunch to say thank you.”

While honoring veterans is the first and foremost important part of the event, it also serves as a fundraiser for the AFJROTC to offset the costs of cadet activities, most specifically the curriculum in action trip the cadets take each year.

“It’s an Air Force required field trip with Air Force related activities,” Thurman said. “It’s not to recruit but to broaden the horizons of the students.”

In the past the Tuscola cadets have attended national drill competitions in Washington, D.C. With federal sequestration cuts, the AFJROTC lost its travel funding last year and was unable to go on a trip. This year the plan is to raise money for a trip to Dayton, Ohio, to visit the Air Force Museum and the Wright Brothers Museum.

The lunch is free for veterans, but cadets are looking for sponsorships for the event. If anyone is interested in donating, call 456-2450 and leave a message. Lunch will include: garden salad, choice of macaroni and cheese, pork roast and gravy and roasted chicken breast tenders. All entrees include mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables, rolls and butter.

“You can donate whatever you can or donate $100 for a plate or $800 for a table,” Thurman said.

This event has attracted more than 100 veterans in past years and the cadets would be thrilled to have a great turn out this year as well.

“The veterans have a different cadet at each table and they tell us their war stories,” said Cadet Austin Cowan. “It’s a good chance for us to connect with them while they’re still here.”

The lunch will begin at 11 a.m. Nov. 2 at Long’s Chapel Fellowship Hall, 175 Old Clyde Highway in Waynesville.

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